Week 3 History of Architecture

Architecture maintains both aesthetic and values. In other art forms, the pursuit of beauty can be the sole purpose and the architecture must be associated with practicality. On the one hand, the building has the function of material use, residence, work or public communication. On the other hand, it has to satisfy people’s desire for beauty and give people a good image. Therefore, architecture is not purely material, and it must be infected with a beautiful image. Nor is it a purely spiritual product. It has direct utilitarian and practical purposes.

(The tower of Babel, Pieter Brueghel, 1563, oil on canvas)

The profound masterpiece “Babel” is recorded according to the “Bible”: After the flood in Noah, people moved east to Senna and found a piece between the Tigris and the Euphrates. The Great Plains, where it was engaged in production, prospered and descended, and later became a city with a large population. Because they were afraid of the floods and worried about the floods, they decided to build a tower of high-rise towers to protect them from water disasters. The plan for this tower is very large. To accommodate the people of the city, the height must reach the zenith. God, the Lord, learned of this matter and decided to visit the world to see what happened. When he saw the tower, he was shocked and angry. He thought that the human being who had just prospered had such a high skill. He decided to use the language to disturb the demonstrators. In this way, the demonstrators who are building the towers do not understand each other’s words, and the project can no longer proceed. Everyone has to live in separate languages. People have left tools and materials, acknowledging that this is a punishment for “sinning God” to express the height of the Tower of Babel, Bruegel deals with this imaginative scene with a grand composition. He depicted a large number of characters and cut a top with a cloud at the top of the tower. The painting has a faintly visible tower on the cloud to show the height of the tower. In the distance is a dense house, which shows a vast and smooth, plain scenery. The director led a group of guards to come to supervise the truth of the suspension: the noisy craftsmen have dispersed, and one of them has told the director to explain the complexity of the accident, but it seems his words also made it impossible for the director and guards to understand. In front of the tower, there is a “collapse”, and the situation is obviously out of control. The artist paints dense and small construction workers and vehicles on each floor of the tower and to pursue this huge and confusing painting effect, Bruegel deliberately opened up the distance between the figure and the tower body, nature, etc., thus showing the great strength and arduousness of “engineering” and also showing human beings of creative power.

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The traditional residents of Fuzhou and the wall of the architecture are made of main materials such as clay and broken brick tiles. It is decorated with white powder ash and is made of granite stone with strong rain-resistant erosion. The ceiling is covered with double slope top weatherproof tile cover.

Does artificial can determine the effect of the environment?

Week 2: Does artificial can determine the effect of the environment?

Willam Morris’s view that describes as ” Socialism seen through the eyes of an artist.”

An architect is a person who designs to improve people’s way of life by assessing both social needs and human desires, as well as political, economic and environmental issues.

Alejandro Aravena

  • Innovation Center UC
  • Process of transferring know-how, identifying the social opportunities in this building and improve the country’s competitiveness and development.
  • Contemporary look- outlay
  • Determine the environment

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini,© Nico Saieh

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini,© Nico Saieh

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini,© Nico Saieh

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini,© Nico Saieh

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini,© Nico Saieh


Architecture as a field of study

Architecture to me is the closest “art” to us. However, the fact that I live in it every day makes me lack amazement and shock for architecture. The aesthetic function of a building is almost inundated by the functions of use. In fact, beautiful buildings tell history. I chose the architectural elective in order to learn to create trendy art and to also better understand and enjoy the history and architectural beauty around me. For example, “Springstream house” design by Wei. In this project, she uses traditional materials (from original) and construction techniques to create a derelict house in Fujian province into a guesthouse featuring curving tiled roofs and reclaimed timber and windows. The house is located on the cliff of a spring stream surrounded with tea fields and bamboo forests. When visitors into this space will feel naturally and having a closer touch with nature. If a building can’t be awe-inspiring if the relationship with the environment was not considered while planning, and it was casually placed. How can people understand and get enove to the space that you create? Therefore, this is a reason that I want to study for the architectural field. In the future, when I design a building, I will reference the idea from Wei into my work. I use the knowledge passed down by the ancients and my personal imagination to create more innovative architecture. I create an object to be spaced in a somewhat spiritual manner to create a pleasant environment and comfort in the workspace. I like to explain my design and get involve people in their space, making them appreciate my style, and want to see more of it.

Springstream House | WEI

Plastic Awareness Activity

In this week, I spend the most time in the studio. During these days, I eat lunch outside in the restaurant which didn’t have any plastic material that I had been used. In the studio class, I brought an egg from home, which carries a plastic zip bag. This zip bag can be reusable. Main while, the eggshell can be a landfill which reduces the fat into the soil. However, there are some of the material or things that I cannot be recycled such as a spoon and the cup from a yogurt store and metal wires that design a task in the class. After I use those things, it will be the trash that I’m going to throw away. Lastly, I use a lot of paper material which I think is suitable, but when I read an article which let me think more about the paper waste can be a damage in the environment and the way that paper be design as a product is not like to be sustainable in the environment, some of the design is maintaining few plastics in which it hard to determine and separate those chemicals from the design.


Bridge 4

My name is Amy, my major on Architectural Design, and I’m from China. In the seminar class, my research topic is how does language deceive us? When I deeply making a research about the truth vs. language. I find out that language can symbol multiple media such as literature ( poem, novel, speech, etc.) and artwork (painting, sculpture, video, performing, etc.).

( Johnson Tsang,

Lucid Dream II_Lawful Custody)

(Diana Shpugin, Drawing of house)

(Fearson Fable, Tolerable Truth, 2013)

(Kate Gilmore, Rumsey house art prize)

The artist statement:

language is something that we are close to. We use language all the time: in school, in society, and to refer to other cultures. But it can be easy to change the meaning of language. That can be done by one person or one organization, and they can thus affect the original meaning of truth in the world. Language can represent a peaceful landscape painting or a lovely and romantic poem. However, you will not see or understand how this piece of work changes multiple times through interaction with others before providing the final vision of the work to you.


Language is a house. It is the symbol of the soul, so through the imagined house, you understand your current state of mind and your own part. The house can represent a family that it also can represent a member of the community. A dilapidated and full-fledged house represents the voice of the people that hide back of the bright surface. The voice is control by the government and society which let too many people misunderstand the real truth in life. In this house, there are different pictures outside the window in different eras and to tell the same truth. This means that we are anxious and avoid real thoughts. In addition, the reflection of the images are exceeded by the light in the house, it shows that the house is authentic in society. This monument points out that people can’t misunderstand the real truth, however, the way to explore the truth is to follow yourself and believe self the choice that you decide. The language can symbol as many different meaning by a different technique. Different fonts and words are displayed in the shell of the house. It can be easy to transport the meaning of the text from one person to others, but it also can be destroyed simply by a person or a group of people. The way language provides creativity in a sense of truth in reality and lets people understand or determine the fake and real meaning of the fact.


In this project, the material that I use is wood, black ink, and transparent paper. Wood is for the house, black ink is text that exterior of the house, few windows has an image, however, it can not see very clear when the light is on in the house.

Due to the time is limited, the wood house is a mini vision of my project. In the future of these pieces with being a  storage house with a door and multiple windows, each viewer or volunteer can write a sentence or anything that what is the meaning of truth. However, this project is an installation artwork piece that needs to interact with people and engage with people in our community.



Bridge 3


Language can be multiple symbols that relate to our society, such as poem, artwork, speech or a novel. However, language can hide the truth by a person or an organization which led to people misunderstand or difficult to determine which side of the truth.


Examples of Artists/ Designer and inspiration:

Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree

Johnson Tsang: Lucid Dream II_Lawful Custody

Danielle Clough: Fence Darning

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower seed

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Matthew Mazzotta: Cloud House

Kate Gilmore: Rumsey house art prize

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Diana Shpungin: Drawing of House



  • Wood
  • Black Ink (word)
  • Transform paper with an image (history)
  • light (Interior, reflection to the image)


(Union Sq)

What will you be making for your Bri 4 project :

The bridge 4 projects will be use wood to build a mini house. The exterior of the house will fill with mutiple text over and over by black ink. In addition, the few windows and door will cover by the wood stick. The rest window will have images and it has a reflection on it.

Mood Board:


5 element of research question

Title: Does language deceive us

This research question is the language is unreal by the view that you physical see or heard. This expose the truth of language in the reality and let people to understand other side that behind the physical truth. It can be an poem, an artwork, an speech or an novel. The language mostly shows on doublespeak and propaganda which influences from government. The doublespeak can be a novel that write by George Orwell 1984. The propaganda can be a artwork from Chinese poster that relate to the chairman of Mao. Other example to illustrate the artwork that people physical see is one of artwork from Picasso.

 Doublespeak ( https://nuclear-news.net/information/peace-and-nuclear-disarmament-theme-for-december-2011/towards-a-peaceful-non-nuclear-world/doublespeak/)

 (Novel 1984 by George Orwell)

 (Vast World of Accomplishments, 1967, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House) Propaganda posters of Mao Zedong can be traced back to the 1940s, but the god-like images of him produced in the 1960s are unparalleled.

 ( Ma Jolie, Pablo Picasso, winter 1911-12, Moma Museum)






Bridge 2

Aggregation 17-SE078,2017, Kwang Young Chun

This artwork gives me inspiration for my bridge 2 project and research question of this semester. For example, the pieces wrapped in paper are basic units of information, as well as a symbol in an individual social event or historical facts. By attaching these pieces one by one to a two-dimensional surface. The artwork expresses the information in a sense of harmony and conflict. My idea of bridge 2 and research question are How does language deceive us? The information on the paper similar as give a speech reveal the truth to people, it can be a historical or social event that happens right now. This show how the truth that creates in different method about the world or society.

Idea:  In order to relate to my artwork that I choose at the Brooklyn Museum, the artist uses paper to wrapped into multiple geometric shapes and each paper has some of the information that relates to historical facts (newspaper). Therefore, I use newspaper, block, and an unusable white t-shirt to design my second bridge project to informal to my research question in this semester. I cut the block to multiple geometric shapes and wrapped with newspaper and print out some of the historical images to transfer the image to the T-shirt. This lets the audience to deeply think about the theme of truth.

1st sketch of 2nd Bridge

2nd sketch of 2nd Bridge

3rd Sketch of 2nd bridge (Final)


Starting cut the block and wrapped newspaper on it.

Attach the final block (newspaper) on the T-shirt.

I test three different way to transfer the image to the fabric. First, rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball, can’t work. Second, iron the image on the fabric, can’t work. Lastly, use mod podge glue on the image and attach to fabric, work! however, this needs to try 24 hours. I use hair dryer let this dry fast, then I use a sponge with water to wrapped on the image and remove the paper on the T-shirt. In case it will remove off, I brush mod podge one more time.

Almost done! It looks so formal and different have any emotion relate to some research that I have done in Seminar class. So I go back to see any note that I made in the Seminar class. I found out that the truth mostly influences to the poor due to the poor didn’t have any education and they like to listen to what other’s said.


Cut down some of the pieces on the T-shirt make it more related to the poor.

More image ( detail of image):

Why I didn’t take an image on a clean background rather than outside? The idea of my project is to expose reality and how people live in daily, it reflects on the truth that they see and hear from others. Moreover, the image color that I want to use is black and white because any historical images are black and white color, it represents the time period in society. The text also is black and white referring to the story that they hear and see.